This one-year Foundation course gives you the chance to explore different creative areas before choosing the subject you want to take a degree in.
Our Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies Programme is delighted to have achieved the ‘Outstanding’ rating in its 2018 Ofsted inspection – in all four areas. You can read more here and see the full report here.
It’s the perfect way to find your creative voice and to boost your existing skills and portfolio if they’re not quite up to degree standard. Or you might just like to enjoy a year of being creative before moving on to something else.
Take a look at the fees page for more information about fees and funding for this course.
What you'll study
This course is geared towards the preparation of a portfolio of work to support your application to a Higher Education course. Throughout the course, your practical studio work will be supported by a programme of contextual studies in art and design.
What students are doing
A Foundation diploma is the perfect way to begin your creative pathway. Take a look at the gallery below to find out more about the work that our Foundation students have been making.
Staff On The Course
You’ll be taught by specialist lecturers and technicians on the Foundation pathways. You can find out more about staff by browsing their profiles below.
Head of School (Preparation for HE)
HND Photography; Prof Qual Exam for Institute of Incorporated Photographers; MA Documentary Photography; PGCE
After graduating in 1981 I was a freelance photographer latterly in Bristol until 1990 when I became Photographer in Residence at Whitchurch Psychiatric Hospital, Cardiff for South East Wales Arts. From this point I began to focus on two areas of my practice, lecturing and gallery/publication based fine art photographic practice. My MA completed in 1998 helped me to consolidate these areas and developed a further specialist interest in “The Artists Book” as it relates to Documentary...Full profile